COTABATO CITY (SDN) — Today, April 23, 2021, is the ninth day of Ramadan 1442. It’s the season of fasting, sacrifice, arduous day times, patience among Muslims.
For the Ministry of Interior and Local Government (MILG) it’s business as usual, notwithstanding the sizzling heat, as well as rain falling with abandon in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
Not to mention craving for food and water as Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, smoking, and sex from sunup to sundown.
But for the Rapid Emergency Action on Disaster Incidence (MILG-READi) under the MILG headed by Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo the month of Ramadan is also a time to reach out to both Muslim and Christian.
On April 20, a READi team traveled to some villages in Midsayap, North Cotabato, which opted to join the BARMM in the previous referendum.
Sinarimbo, a young Moro lawyer, said 3,626 families in Barangays Kapinpilan, Sambulawan, Tumbras, and Central Labas received food packs of rice, canned goods, and coffee.
“Ang mga tulong na ito mula sa Bangsamoro government ay hindi lamang para sa mga Muslim na nag-aayuno ngayong buwan ng Ramadan, ito rin ay para sa mga kapatid nating Kristiyano. Relihiyon lang ang pinagkaiba pero iisa ang layunin natin,” said Brgy. Tumbras Chairperson Fatima Mokamad.
(Translation: This assistance from the Bangsamoro government is not only for Muslims who are fasting but also for our brother Christian. Only our religions are different but we have one aim.)
Here’s the MILG-READi Outreach Action in photographs in some North Cotabato villages, bringing food assistance:
Sinarimbo’s READi Team also visited the town of Pigcawayan, North Cotabato, earlier on April 17 where they provided similar assistance package of rice, canned goods, and coffee to 2,108 families.
These are Barangays Lower Pangankalan, Datu Mantil, Kadingilan, Libungan Toreta, and Upper Pangankalan.
Sinarimbo noted the struggles people in the region are going through in the time of the health crisis.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has pushed many of our people into an economic despair. These food packs will somehow help them during the holy month of Ramadan,” the MILG head pointed out who also heads READi.
It is expected that the MILG-READi Teams will continue their humanitarian action in other parts of the Bangsamoro region comprising the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi and the cities of Lamitan, Marawi, and Cotabato, as well as 63 villages in North Cotabato. (/)